Nativity of Our Lord 2015 – Christmas Pastoral Letter of Most Reverend William C. Skurla, D.D.

And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me. From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.’” (John 1:14-18)

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

We once again celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the City of Bethlehem! We gather together to remember the greatest gift by the Father of his only begotten Son. Following His example and the example of the three Kings we give one another gifts in honor of God’s grace and truth.

Little children wait for Christmas with the hope of receiving gifts. From their parents they learn to give gifts in return to family and friends. Each gift given reminds us of the great gift of the Father to us. And each time that we help someone we change, becoming a little closer to the image and likeness of God. The Christmas gifts we give and receive are small compared to the gifts of forgiveness and mercy. Continue reading

Official Appointments

Personnel moves and assignments within the Archeparchy and Metropolitan Church as appointed by the Metropolitan Archbishop. The following appointments were made by Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla (Listed from the most recent, and dating back to April 2012)   Effective … Continue reading

Metropolitan William’s Great Fast Message 2015

 “Considering all this, therefore, dearly beloved, and placing great store on our salvation, let us despise intemperance as mindless and harmful, let us embrace fasting, and right attitudes along with it; let us display a renewed lifestyle, and address ourselves daily to performance of good deeds.  In this way, having spent all the holy season of Lent dealing in spiritual goods and amassing great wealth of virtue, we would thus merit to arrive at the day of the Lord and approach with confidence that awesome spiritual banquet, and with conscience pure share in those ineffable and immortal goods. Being filled therefore with grace and with the prayers and intercessions of those well-pleasing to Christ, our loving God, to whom with the Father and the Holy Spirit we give glory, power, and honor, now and forever, for ages of ages.” 

Saint John Chrysostom – Homily for the Beginning of Great Lenten Fast

2015 Journey Toward Pascha – The Great Lenten Fast

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!   Slava Isusu Christu! Slava na v’iki!

Dear Faithful of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh,

As we begin the season of the Great Lenten Fast, we turn inward and look for spiritual healing.  When our bodies are not feeling well, we go to a doctor or a drug store for medicine to feel better.  Likewise, Saint John Chrysostom’s Homily at the Beginning of Lent described the Church as the pharmacy.  During the season of Lent, we go to Church for spiritual medicine to make us better. 

The strongest spiritual medicine is fasting.

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Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord 2014

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
– Luke 2:1-7

 

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

We wish a special Christmas Greeting to you: the people, religious, and clergy of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh!  We hope that your celebration of the birth of Jesus brings joy to you and your family.  We rejoice and proclaim to all that Christ is Born!

The Holy Family celebrated the first Christmas far from their home in Nazareth in the town of Bethlehem.  Mary and Joseph had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem to fulfill the requirements of the census.  Jesus came into the world at a location where they had no family and they relied on the charity of strangers to invite them into a place to stay and to give birth to the Son of God.

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Archbishop’s Message for Pascha 2014

Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord

 

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Christos Voskrese! Voistinnu Voskrese!


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1: 1-5)

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Great Fast Message 2014

2014 Lenten Journey – The Spiritual Olympics

“For I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.” (II Timothy 6-8)

Glory to Jesus Christ!

As we begin the season of the Great Fast, the images and memories of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are fresh in our minds. In a world of over six billion people, only the best athletes from the ends of the earth gather to compete for the prizes of bronze, silver, or gold. Many have prepared their whole lives through training and endless exercises to strengthen the arms and legs to ski, skate, or slide to be faster or better than anyone else. Everything that they eat builds their muscles and helps to reach and maintain the perfect weight. Years of competition sharpen their minds and senses to see opportunities and avoid obstacles in their paths. Their life of preparation pays off in giving them the edge to succeed.

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Christmas 2013

 

Christmas Greetings

O man, know then that God becomes flesh
And where did this incarnation take place?
The body of a Holy Virgin!
Let us, too, burst forth with voice of joy.
Let us celebrate the mystery of the Salvation of the whole world,
The birthday of mankind.
Today the blame of Adam is revoked.
No longer: “You are dust, and to dust you will return”;
But, closely united to the celestial world,
You will be lifted even into Heaven.
No longer: in pain will you bear sons;
But, blessed is the one who has borne Emmanuel
And blessed is the womb that nourished Him.
— St. Basil the Great (d. 379) Homily on the Generation of Christ

Christ is Born!
Glorify Him!

We extend our prayers in Christmas Greeting to all the clergy, religious, and people of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh. 2013 has been a year filled with celebrations, programs, births, and the passing of friends within our churches.  As we gather during the Christmas holydays, we sing in honor of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem and we lift up everyone in our prayers to the Lord.

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